Red bakelite s&p

Bakelite salt and pepper shakers
made by Marquis, Nally, Eon in Australia, c.1940s

I have previously posted bakelite salt and pepper shakers – twice- first in a grouping of green examples and then in a grouping of multi-coloured examples. Here we have a collection of red s&p. They were made to be included in the picnic basket- an everyday object made in a newly-developed plastic- that wouldn’t break in the great outdoors.

I am very fond of the ingenious design of the first two shakers – the top and bottom separate to reveal the two shakers; and you can see that the screw-on bases were often different coloured bakelite. These shakers were made by Marquis; and are impressed with ‘cat 729’.

The next pair of shakers were made by Nally: they are quite distinctive with black bakelite screw lids; and the last set of shakers- although not marked, are by Eon.

For bakelite collectors, and salt and pepper shaker collectors- you know who you are!

For sale: $AUD115

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40s kitchenalia

Fowler Ware jug & Ibis condiment setFowler Ware jug, made in Australia 1940s
Ibis ‘lotus’ condiment set, made in Australia 1940s

Fowler Ware created industrial pottery in Glebe, Sydney commencing in the 1840s. After WWII, Fowler Ware moved to producing pottery for the domestic market : their pudding bowls and jugs were so popular that they opened a second pottery to cope with the demand. I have posted quite a few Fowler Ware jugs – this one is had that quintessential 40s rounded body shape, and is in a drip glazed green- rather than the more usual solid glaze colour.

Ibis bakelite is hard to come by: not a lot of it was made as the small factory in Melbourne only operated for a short period between the wars.

This is a condiment set, with stand; the salt and pepper shakers have been fashioned as stylised lotuses. The openings for the salt and pepper is a recessed screwed section hidden under the stand. [This set has now sold.]

The Fowler Ware jug is for sale: $AU45

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Bakelite salt and pepper shakers

Bakelite salt and pepper shakersBakelite salt and pepper shakers
made by Sellex and Marquis, in Australia, c.1940s

I have previously posted bakelite salt and pepper shakers – in a grouping of green bakelite picnic ware. I am very fond of these salt and pepper shakers, with their ingenious design – the top and bottom separate to reveal the two shakers; and you can see that the screw-on bases were often different coloured bakelite. This set of six shakers showcases bakelite colours in all its glory…the middle blue and white set colour is called ‘end of day’ – this refers to a mixing of colours that were left – you guessed it- at the end of the working day.

The salt and pepper shakers were made for the picnic basket- the two shakers designed to fit into one piece presumably took up less room in the hamper. The ends screw off to allow the addition of either salt or pepper – which is designated by the number of holes in the pouring end.

For bakelite collectors, and salt and pepper shaker collectors- you know who you are!

For sale: $AUD145

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